Category Archives: Green

UN: Biodegradable Plastics Won’t Solve Ocean Litter

Biodegradable plastics are not a solution to the problem of ocean litter. That’s the conclusion of a new United Nations report titled “Biodegradable Plastics and Marine Litter: Misconceptions, [..]

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IKEA Makes Major Commitment to Bioplastics

IKEA will only use plastics made from renewable or recycled sources by the year 2020. Per Stoltz, sustainability developer at IKEA, says the company will favor plastics made [..]

Construction, Consumer Goods, Design, Europe, Filler, Green, HDPE, Injection Molding, PLA, PVC, Wood-plastic composite ,

German Company Emerges As Important WPC Player

A southern Germany company called JELU with a long history in wood processing has developed a proprietary wood-plastic composite (WPC) and now has a capacity of 45,000 tons. [..]

Bioplastics, Composites, Construction, Consumer Goods, Europe, Green, Injection Molding, PLA, Reinforcing Material

Treated Glass Bubbles Slash Weight on New Corvette

Don’t write off glass thermoset composites as weight-saving automotive body panels. A new version called TCA Ultra Lite from Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) is in production on the [..]

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Big Three Expand Use of Under-Hood 100% PCR Polyamide

Wellman now has more than 150 automotive engineering approvals for use of its engineering plastics made from recycled carpet and other materials. Nearly 40 are for a material [..]

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Kraton Makes Interesting Bio Feedstock Play As Shale Gas Riles Markets

Stock prices of Kraton Performance Polymers, a Shell spinoff, have been whipsawed by volatile butadiene and styrene prices since the company went public in 2009. The move to [..]

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PUR Foam Recycling Gets Set To Take Off

A significant recycling stream is emerging for what would seem like an unlikely candidate—thermoset polyurethane foam. Producers of thermosets have long trumpeted the materials’ recyclability, but the actual [..]

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CO2-Based Plastics Production Will Begin Soon

Bayer MaterialScience, which will become Covestro Sept. 1, will begin production of plastics from waste carbon dioxide at the beginning of 2016. A new line with a capacity [..]

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Projects Focus On Waste Carbon Dioxide, Methane As Plastic Feedstock

More than 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere every year, creating a warming greenhouse gas resulting in climate change. Some companies have been [..]

Europe, Green, North America

Lexmark Makes Impressive Gains In PCR Use

James Drummond, who leads plastics engineering at Lexmark, has a very interesting and aggressive view about the future of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics. He is espousing—and implementing—a concept [..]

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